The Story Behind The Winter Margarita

This festive pear and cranberry Margarita has wintry, holiday vibes, plus a pop of Mexican flavors. Reposado tequila adds notes of caramel, vanilla, and spice, and balances the sweetness from the fruit. I added a bit more spice by rimming the glass with salt and chili powder.

If you are having a party and want to serve a crowd, this cocktail recipe is easy to batch up as a punch.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces reposado tequila
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce cranberry juice
  • ½ ounce spiced pear syrup (recipe follows)
  • Salt and chili mixture to rim the glass
  • Fresh cranberries and thinly sliced pear, for garnish

Directions

  1. Rim glass with salt and chili mixture. I typically use two parts salt to one part chili.
  2. Add tequila, lime, and cranberry juices and spiced pear syrup to the shaker with ice.
  3. Shake mixture, and then strain into a rimmed glass.
  4. Garnish with fresh cranberries and pear fan.

Spiced Pear Syrup Directions

  • 1 pear, sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Spiced Pear Syrup Directions

  1. Heat a saucepan over medium heat, and add all ingredients.
  2. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, and remove saucepan from heat.
  3. Let it cool, and then strain.
The Winter Margarita Recipe